INNISFIL, ONT. (October 9, 2013) Rising Canadian talent Matthew Di Leo recently made his European racing debut, contesting sports car endurance events at three of the world’s premier tracks. Joining forces with Dutch-based CorEuser Racing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain and the Silverstone Circuit in England, as well as a privateer effort at the Nurburgring in Germany, the talented Firestone Indy Lights owner/driver showcased his pace, racecraft, and ability to adapt to new surroundings, ultimately securing a podium finish in the 24H Series opener.
While many young racers use the time off between races to relax and have some fun, Di Leo decided to spend the recent break in the Indy Lights calendar to further develop his talents behind the wheel via a European racing adventure.
First up was a trip to Barcelona in northeastern Spain to contest the opening round of the 24 Series. Di Leo, as part of a multi-driver line-up under the CorEuser Racing awning, piloted a Lotus Evora GT4 around the technical Circuit de Catalunya. Quickly getting up to speed in practice and qualifying, the Indy Lights’ MDL Racing owner/driver overcame multiple electrical issues in the 24-hour race to help the squad bounce back in less than ideal wet conditions. The 18 year-old ultimately was behind the wheel when the checkered flag waved, securing second in the SP3 class, thanks in part to regularly posting the fastest lap times.
Initially planning to have a weekend off before rejoining the CorEuser squad in England for a second sports car event, Di Leo, however, found himself back behind the wheel when he was presented with the opportunity to race at the historic Nurburgring.
As part of privateer effort in an Aston Martin Vantage, Di Leo contested the seventh round of the VLN endurance racing championship. Given the famed track in western Germany features 154 corners and is 20-km in length, it came as no surprise that the lead up to the 22-lap race was spent becoming somewhat familiarized to the track layout. Di Leo in the end posted times on par with the front-runners of the SP10 class. Unfortunately, damage and lengthy repairs resulted in an unrepresentative fifth place finish in class.
Di Leo concluded his European sports car racing adventure with a visit to the home of the Formula One British Grand Prix, rejoining CorEuser Racing for Silverstone 1000k event as part of the MSA British Endurance Championship. Returning to the cockpit of a Lotus Evora GT4, the Canadian quickly made his presence felt, despite having never previously visited the Silverstone Circuit. Di Leo proved to be the man to beat in Class 2 during qualifying, posting the fastest lap. Come race time, Di Leo continued his run of form early on, battling for the class lead lap after lap. It, unfortunately, wasn’t to last, as a sudden gearbox failure forced the premature retirement of the CorEuser entry.
“All in all I had an amazing time in Europe,” stated Di Leo. “It was definitely a career building adventure, as I learned so much and gained valuable experience in two cars at some of the premier tracks in the world. I particularly want to thank CorEuser Racing for this great racing opportunity.”
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A native of Innisfil, Ont., Di Leo began his journey towards a career in motorsports at the age of nine, first getting behind the wheel of a kart. Showing natural talent right from the get go, Di Leo steadily worked his way up the ranks, continually developing his skills. In 2011, the Canadian made his car racing debut. Racing in the Ontario Formula Ford Championship, he won once and stood on the podium in both races he contested. Piloting an F2000 entry as well, Di Leo finished third the USF2000 Winterfest series with two podiums, and was fifth in the USF2000 Championship with one trip to the post-race podium. Last year, Di Leo again got in the cockpit of F1600 and F2000 cars. He scored one win, added another podium finish, and captured two pole positions in the Quebec-based Formula Tour 1600. Racing as an owner/driver under the MDL Racing banner, Di Leo finished fourth in the USF2000 Championship, capturing four podium finishes.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and others see no reason why Tony Stewart should forgo racing sprint cars despite the risks involved.
It isn’t customary for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to wake up early, but for whatever reason he was awake around 5 a.m. Tuesday. That’s when he heard the news that Tony Stewart had broken his leg in a sprint car accident Monday night in Iowa.
The news made NASCAR’s most popular driver sick to his stomach.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” Earnhardt said Friday at Watkins Glen. “I felt like I must have been dreaming … I hated it for him just knowing what being out of the car is like and knowing how much he loves what he does and how much he enjoys driving no matter what it is.”
But Earnhardt doesn’t fault Stewart for getting hurt racing a sprint car, even if the injury effectively ends his season and eliminates any chance he had of winning a fourth Sprint Cup championship. Earnhardt knows how much joy Stewart gets from running what Jeff Gordon describes as a “rocket ship on wheels” and that finding small dirt track somewhere in rural America is his way of escaping the pressures of being a NASCAR owner, driver and track owner.
This was the common viewpoint expressed Friday, as driver after driver commented on Stewart’s love of sprint car racing and how that has come to identify who he is.
“He’s a blue-collar racer’s racer,” Earnhardt said. “He can get down on the ground level and he might be the owner of the Cup team and owner of a race track, championship driver, but he can get down in the dirt and get his hands dirty and get behind the wheel of a sprint car and win anywhere in the country on any night.
“I think that’s part of the appeal with him is that he’s that kind of guy that can do that.”
Prior to Monday, Stewart had been involved in two sprint car accidents within the last few weeks. In the first, a 19-year-old female driver fractured her back1 when she rolled end-over-end. And in the second incident it was Stewart who tumbled, flipping five times2 while challenging for the lead at a Canadian dirt track.
These mishaps led to questions about whether Stewart should jeopardize his health and the well-being 3of his NASCAR team by racing sprint cars. He dismissed the talk as “annoying” and called flipping in a sprint car “no big deal”4 and something that happens regularly.
And now sidelined with a broken leg, those questions have again risen.
“It’s troubled me some to see people giving him a hard time about his decisions to race other vehicles,” Jimmie Johnson said. “We always praise him for his contributions to the motorsports world and his ability to drive and race anything and to own all these different types of vehicles.
“And then you look at the race tracks that he owns and his involvement with. The guy has done so much for our sport and of course we don’t want to see him injured, but I’ve been disappointed that people have given him a hard time over it.”
Stewart is expected to miss at least three races and likely more. The typical recovery time for someone who breaks their tibia and fibula is six to eight weeks. But like many drivers, Earnhardt expects Stewart to want to return far sooner than doctors would allow.
This weekend will mark the first time he has missed a Cup race since joining NASCAR’s top division in 1999, a span of 521 consecutive starts. But despite the discomfort and pain, Stewart is managing.
“He’s in typical Tony spirits,” Danica Patrick said. “He’s hassling the nurses and everything you could imagine Tony is. He has pretty good spirits, but it’s one of those things, it happens.”
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- ^ “annoying” and called flipping in a sprint car “no big deal” (www.sbnation.com)
- ^ Tony Stewart has too much to lose by racing sprint cars (www.sbnation.com)
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By admin | July 7, 2013
By Richard Allen
All s well that ends well might very well be the motto on Monday morning at Michael Waltrip Racing following this past weekend s Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. After all, team owner Michael Waltrip drove the organization s #55 Toyota to a 5th place finish while Clint Bowyer piloted his #15 to a 4th place result.
But in getting to that finish, there was some rather odd chatter over the team radios of the two drivers that might make for some interesting conversation at the next team meeting.
Early in the race, Bowyer had fallen back from the lead pack and was in need of drafting help to move back up.
You can push Michael(Waltrip) when you get to him if you want to, Bowyer s spotter informed him. I m gonna stay away from him, the driver replied.
Things can be said in the heat of the moment that might not be said otherwise. However, this was very early in the race and nothing had really happened to have caused any sort of ill will. It just seemed like an odd comment to come from a driver regarding another driver who is not only a teammate but the team owner.
Bowyer s remark could have easily been brushed off for any number of reasons except for the fact that there was another situation between the two later in the race.
During one particular round of pit stops in the midst of a caution period, TNT television cameras(no, they weren t in commercial) focused on Waltrip s #55 being serviced in his pit stall while facing the wrong direction. Obviously, when the work on the car was completed, the #55 was the last off of pit road.
Bowyer s stall was located just two spaces in front of the one Waltrip had been assigned.
As he left the pits, Waltrip came over his team radio to voice his disapproval of Bowyer s pit entry, Call me a motherf***er. To which his crew chief replied, How in the hell our teammate didn t know we re pitted behind him, I don t know.
That s horses**t, Waltrip added as he sped back onto the track.
So what do these two radio transmissions mean?
They may very well mean nothing as two competitors made statements during the heat of battle. But who knows? Maybe there s more to it than that.
By Karting1 ~ June 9th, 2013. Filed under: Announcements1.
Buckmore Park Kart Circuit, in conjunction with the Kart Shop, is organising an evening test session for owner drivers on Tuesday 11th June from 6 pm to 9 pm. Sessions will be divided into Cadet, Juniors and Seniors. The practice fee is 50 per kart.
It will be necessary for you to book and pay for the test session in advance and all bookings must be made by Sunday 9th June. The practice fee is non-refundable but see note below. To book your sessions, phone, email or fax The Kart Shop, card details will be required.
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HERMON, Maine Del Merritt has been around racing for a long time and has had his share of highs and lows.
But the owner of Hermon s Speedway 95 is expecting his Late Model class to provide a real high this season, and the drivers share his sentiment.
Merritt said there were 17 cars in Saturday s two Late Model features, and he expects to add at least five to seven more in the next few weeks.
And around 12 of the cars are capable of winning a race, said Merritt. There s a lot of talent in that division. I think there will be a lot of different winners this season.
It s pretty impressive. Half of the field is certainly capable of winning on any night, agreed Ellsworth s Andy Saunders, the defending points champion1. Even the drivers who don t have a lot of experience in Late Models have a fair amount of experience racing in other classes.
Saunders also pointed out that some of those drivers who don t have as much experience in the Late Model class are the sons of former longtime drivers and will benefit from their fathers knowledge.
Three of those drivers are John Kalel II of Orrington, son of John Kalel; Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington, son of Dave, and Bangor s Donny Blanchard, whose father is Mo.
Most of us are within one-tenth of a second of each other per lap. That s very unusual. And that makes for very exciting racing, said Donny Blanchard. It makes it more exciting for the drivers, it s great for the track and great for the fans.
The fans want to see different drivers win. They don t want to see one driver dominate, added Blanchard. There are a lot of nice cars with real good equipment and a lot of very good drivers.
The more cars the better. I love the competition, said Winterport s Ryan Deane. I think you re going to see really good racing every weekend.
Deane said that when Merritt adopted a rules package similar to the American-Canadian Tour that included the economical Crate engines and a specific shock absorber set, that helped level the playing field.
It s a really good rules package and that s why you re seeing an overabundance of cars, said Deane.
Blanchard said the fact drivers can buy just one new tire each weekend unless there is an extended-lap race also helps keep parity in the class.
If someone was allowed to buy four new tires, they would have a big advantage, said Blanchard, who noted that it helps him because we have a very limited budget.
Ten different drivers won at least one of the 18 Late Model races a year ago with Hermon s Mike Hopkins leading the way with seven trips to Victory Lane. Saunders and Deane were the only other multiple winners with two victories each.
Saunders said it is going to be very difficult to defend his points championship and listed a host of drivers he expects to be in the thick of the chase, including Deane, brothers Wayne and Brenton Parritt, Kalel, Blanchard, McLaughlin, Deane Smart, Hopkins and Dale Swoboda.
The car drives totally different. When we first practiced in it, we were horrible. We didn t make a lot of changes to the car, I just had to get time in it and get used to it, said Saunders, who obviously got used to it based on his performance last weekend.
We have to make a few adjustments. We have high expectations, said Saunders.
Ryan Deane said he intends to race more for wins than for points.
Blanchard said he wants to consistently be a top five car. I want to go out and be competitive. That s all I can ask for.
Racing will continue at Speedway 95 on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Cassius Clark headlines field
Farmington s Cassius Clark won the Ripley and Fletcher Ford 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway last weekend and will look to make it two in a row in the Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model North tour on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for the Southern Maine Motors 150.
Berwick s Joey Doiron was second at OPS with defending points champ Travis Benjamin of Morrill finishing third. Rounding out the top five were Turner s Ben Rowe and Windham s Bobby Timmons.
Fourteen-year-old Reid Lanpher of Manchester will be in the field, and the JR Motorsports development driver will have a veteran crew chief with him in Cherryfield s Andy Santerre.
Lanpher failed to qualify at OPS.
For 2013 they have combined Truckfest with Super Summit – It is being hosted down the road at the fairgrounds and not at Summit Racing. Gives the option where I may bring the Chevelle instead of the Truck.
Two-Fer: Super Summit and TruckFest Combined into a Huge 2-Day Show!
Summit Racing has been throwing the Super Summit and TruckFest events at its Tallmadge, Ohio world headquarters for a lot of years. Super Summit is geared towards performance, highlighting street rods and street machines, musclecars, classics, tuner cars, and street bikes. TruckFest is all about, well, trucks–street and 4WD pickups and SUVs, monster trucks, Jeeps, and assorted off-road vehicles.
For 2013, Summit Racing is combining Super Summit and TruckFest into one mighty two-day event–an event so big, we had to move it to the local county fairgrounds just to fit everything in! Named Super Summit 2013, the show will be held at the Summit Country Fairgrounds on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22.
Here are some of the highlights of Super Summit 2013:
FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING!
FREE non-judged cruise-in open to performance cars, street rods, trucks, and off-road vehicles–more space than ever!
100s of manufacturers located on Manufacturers Midway and inside air-conditioned Main Arena
Summit/BIGFOOT monster truck car-crushing exhibitions
Team FMX motorcycle stunt team
Summit Racing Power Experience Simulator
Pro-class custom cars and hot rods on display
Money-saving specials on parts all weekend long
Super Summit 2013 show hours are 2 pm to 9 pm Friday, June 21 and 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, June 22. While we’d love for all of you to come experience the show in person, we will be providing real-time coverage on our blog, OnAllCylinders, for the geographically challenged.
Here is coverage of 2012′s Super Summit and TruckFest to get you in the mood for this year’s extravaganza. And watch this space for updates on Super Summit 2013–there is some cool stuff coming!
- ^ http://www.summitracing.com/newprodu…uge-2-day-show (www.summitracing.com)
Photo Farr 400 Class
Although its appearance and performance has been noted around Sydney Harbour since debuting with an outright win at Audi Hamilton Island Race week last August, the Farr 4001 will make its first boat show appearance in Australasia when VicSail display Matt Allen’s successful Ichi Ban on their stand at the Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo2 over the weekend 16th and 17th March 2013.
“The boat has been seen around a lot and there have been many favourable comments about her performance and the results have been steady but this is a good opportunity to put the Farr 400 in front of a knowledgeable audience and hopefully generate some test sails and some solid quotations.” Explains Micah Lane of VicSail Sydney.
“The Farr 400 is a fast performance racing boat, which we hope will develop progressively as a One Design class. It has certainly proven an exciting boat that will do a bit offshore too. We feel sure that the people who go to Sail Expo at Pittwater will be interested to see the boat up close and personal, to see how she works, including the very high standards of construction by Premier Composite Technologies3.”
Since the Farr 4004 was launched in 2011 the class has enjoyed steady growth in spite of the slack global economy, gathering a core of like minded, enthusiastic owners who are committed to the exciting new One Design which to date has also proven competitive in the exciting new HPR ‘Fast 40′ fleets.
“We are committed to getting the fleet growing in Europe this summer and we already have a core commitment from owners there so we are hoping to achieve a critical mass this season, but also to attend key major European regattas to showcase the Farr 400 as the One Design for the future.” Explains US based Dee Smith, Farr 400 Class Development Manager.
The Farr 400 is introduced as the next generation One Design, one that will challenge and satisfy owners for many years. Key attributes include the very quick, easily achieved performance across the wind ranges. It has already proven to be an excellent step for owners to transition from good club level classes to a pan-national or international programme. The class has never been seen as a direct replacement for the 15-year old Farr 40 though it shares some key values, being aimed at primarily amateur teams steered by an owner-driver.
Ease of transportation keep costs low and the Farr 400 fits on a 40-foot flat bed container and can be self towed, or it fits in a 40 foot open top container. The spigoted all-carbon Southern Spars rig separates for transport. The composite sheathed T-configuration keel retracts to reduce the draught from 2.9m to 1.95m.
A highly precise all-carbon epoxy infusion build produces very light, extremely evenly matched boats. All of the tooling for the Farr 400 is created in house on Premier Composite Technologies5‘ 5-axis milling machine and weights are strictly controlled using in house “smart pack” design, a three dimensional fibre and core package made for the Farr 400.
“The Farr 400 is an exciting boat to sail, with plenty of power and stability. It is nicely balanced and easy to make perform to a top level. The unique point is that the boats are absolutely all the same, built to a tolerance that has never been seen before in a One Design. It is light and powerful, easy to travel, and the detailing is excellent.” concludes Smith.
To date 13 Farr 400′s have been built with boats active in the USA, Scandinavia, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Australia. VicSail will be able to facilitate further test sails for potential owners.